• Summer Camps and Scholarship Opportunities

    for Children of High Academic Abilities



    Please go to the websites given for further information about any of the following summer programs and scholarships.  There are many early deadlines and postmark dates, so be sure to apply soon.


    Please send a note to Ms. Jeri Williams, Spectrum if you would like

    to request further information about any of these  opportunities:


    *National Association of Gifted



    *Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

    Only For 7th Graders-Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars.

    This is an incredible opportunity and scholarship!

    We had a winner 2 years ago.



    *Virginia Association for the Gifted 

    Scholarships offered by the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG) are designed for those gifted and talented students who wish to attend academic or artistic programs during the summer months.   The scholarships are in amounts ranging from $100 to $300 and are available for students in grades K-12.  Applying for a scholarship through VAG does not constitute application to a specific program; the student must make direct application to the summer program of choice.  VAG scholarships are contingent upon acceptance into a program.  Scholarship checks are made payable to the program.

    For further information or to receive an application packet, please contact Jeri Williams. or



    *Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp



    *Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth


    *West Virginia Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program




    *William and Mary Summer Enrichment Program



    *UVA Summer and Saturday Enrichment Programs

    University of Virginia

    405 Emmet St. S., PO Box 400264

    Charlottesville, VA 22904-4264

    Contact: Karen Lelli Austin

    Telephone: (434) 924-3182

    Fax:  434-924-0747

    Email: kml4h@virginia.edu

    Website: http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/enrich

    The Summer Program is a 2-week residential program for rising 5-11th graders emphasizing development of research, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 


    For the University of Virginia Scholarship Application for Summer Enrichment Program, see Jeri Williams or contact UVA’s Summer Enrichment Program.


    *Virginia Space Flight Academy

    7300 Kearsage Circle

    Wallops Island, VA 23337

    Contact: Robert W. Marshall

    Telephone: (866) 757-72223 Toll Free

    Email: spaceacademy@intercom.net

    Website: http://www.VaSpaceFlightAcademy.org

    Program Offered: Summer Only and w/e groups

    of 15-28.  Coed camp for 12-15 year old students. Build and launch model rockets, robotics and flight simulation! Visit operational NASA, NOAA and Navy sites!


    *Global Youth Village

    1020 Legacy Drive, Bedford, VA 24523

    Contact: Mary Helmig, Telephone: (540) 297-5982

    Email: youthvillage@legacyintl.org

    Website: http://www.globalyouthvillage.org

    Program Offered: Summer Only

    International youth program for ages 13-18 in the foothills of Virginia mountains. Cross-cultural understanding, leadership training, and community service are focuses.


    *PAVAN - Performing and Visual Arts Northwest

    "Arts Alive" for rising 7th and 8th graders-Saturday morning workshop series.

    "Summer Regional Governor's School"  for rising 9th graders offers instruction in visual and performing arts. Two-week camp held at area high schools.

    Information may be obtained from jgreen@su.edu.



    *Congressional Day Camp

    3229 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

    Contact: Jennafer Curran, Telephone: (703) 533-9711

    Email: info@congocamp.org

    Website: www.congocamp.org

    Program Offered: Summer Only

    Fun-filled acres of fields, woods, and streams provide the ideal setting for a summer day camp! Ages 3-14! Please visit our website for details. 



    *iD Tech Camp: Hands-On Technology Fun!

    Located at over 30 universities nationwide, including University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, and Emory University

    Contact: Client Services

    Telephone: 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 408-871-2227


    Website: http://www.internalDrive.com

    Program Offered: Summer Only - Weeklong, day and overnight, hands-on technology camps for ages 8-17 at universities nationwide. Create digital movies, video games, web pages, music, and more. Mention promo code CA84.


    *The Summer Institute for the Gifted-SIG

    Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

    (See other locations below)

    Summer program for academically talented students including an academic program of introductory and college level courses, cultural courses and traditional recreational summer camp activities. 

    Program Information: 

    Coed - grades 4th-11th - residential - 3 weeks in July-August - Student must show evidence of high academic ability and/or achievement (call or write for eligibility criteria) -


    Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Drew University, Emory University, Princeton University, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Vassar

    Call or write for session dates.

    Contact:  College Gifted Programs

    120 Littleton Road Suite 201, Parsippany, NJ 07054-1803

    Telephone: (866) 303-4744,(973) 334-6991

    Fax:   (973) 334-9756

    Email:   info@cgp-sig.com   Web Site:  www.giftedstudy.com    


    Great Books

    3 sites:  Amherst, Stanford, William and Mary




    Learn by Doing

    Yale University, Wellesley College, St. Mark's School




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Last Modified on August 4, 2011